Rodeo Executive Director Helen Donaldson, Rodeo Chairman Ann White and Miss Destin Callie Kaltz gather on the rodeo barge – one last time.
The last boat has backed in and the last fish has been weighed.
Rodeo Executive Director Helen Donaldson finished up her 15th year as director of the rodeo. She came down to the rodeo barge and thanked everybody for coming out and making it another memorable rodeo.
Don’t forget the rodeo awards ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday at AJ’s. See you there.
- Tina Harbuck
Robert Sconiers 16.4-pound red grouper was the last fish of the rodeo. It was fish entry No. 1,067.
The last boat of the 64th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo was the Cari Lynd.
They had three fish that made it on the board – a 35.4-pound wahoo caught by Jeff Locke; a 15.6-pound red grouper reeled in by John Whitting; and a 16.4-pound red grouper pulled in by Robert Sconier.
The crew aboard the Lady Em with Capt. Mike Eller have done it again. Year after year they come in on the final night of the rodeo dressed in a different theme. Last year it was Vikings – this year it was Super Heros and such.
They came tossing beads and entertaining the crowd. I saw Batman and Batwowman, Captain America, Superman and Superwoman. There was also a Joker and Spiderman.
They did have a few fish to weigh but they came up short of making the board.
But still a fun trip none the same – at least that it what I was told.
Beer man and ZZTop just came in with a couple of dailies caught on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef.
Susan, Miss Destin Callie and Mark Kaltz.
The Kaltz family is ready to rodeo in their western wear.
Weighmaster Bruce Cheves shows the teeth of the cabera snapper to the crowd.
This has been the year of strange fish at the rodeo.
Just a few minutes ago, the Backlash came in with a “cubera snapper” reeled in by Kim Morgan of Texas. The snapper looked a lot like a red snapper with a black tint to it. And it had ferocious looking teeth. Anyhow Bruce did a courtesy weigh on the fish and it tilted the scales at 55.2-pounds.
Kim Morgan shows off her 64.2-pound amberjack.
Capt. Jason Mikel of Backlash said that is the third one he’s ever caught on his boat – and the last one that came over the rail on his boat was about 10 years ago.
This one apparently put up a good fight. Captain said it ran for a while, but then it just kind of floated.
The cubera snapper was Kim’s second fish of the day. She also had a 64.2-pound amberjack that took over the second place slot on the leaderboard in the Ladies Division.
“I was wore out before I started today,” Kim said. But as for the cubera – she thought it was another big jack – but I guess they were wrong.
Kim Morgan, Miss Destin Callie Kaltz and Weighmaster Bruce Cheves and the cubera snapper.
Your Rodeo awwwwww moment came this weekend on Shark Saturday when Miss Destin Callie Kaltz weighed in 3-year-old Conner Konecci, of Gulf Breeze, who was dressed up as a shark for AJ’s kids Halloween contest.
Will the real Bruce step forward.
Brian McGee who works at AJ’s came down dressed as “Bruce” the weighmaster.
Brian even had the raspy voice down as well as Bruce’s sayings
“Bring me a fish I’ll make you famous.”
Lachlyne Eastman proudly shows off her amberjack.
Anglers fishing aboard the Miss Nautica with Capt. Randy Hanshaw just got on the board with a couple of dailies.
Lachlyne Eastman weighed in a 17-pound amberjack for the largest caught by a lady today.
Bailey Briscoe brings in a junior catch.
And 14-year-old Bailey Briscoe brought in a 17.4-pound amberjack for a junior daily.
Boats are still out, the sun is beaming down and there’s plenty of room in the bleachers – come on down.
Rodeo chairman Ann White is already getting into the Halloween spirit of things.
I’m anticipating more costumes as the day goes.
Come on down to the rodeo docks behind AJ’s and join in the fun.